David Slade to Direct Fox's Reboot of Marvel's 'Daredevil' Franchise

March 15, 2011

Daredevil / David Slade

Is 20th Century Fox really starting to shape up again? Variety is reporting that Fox has hired David Slade, of Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night and yes, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, to direct the new Daredevil reboot that they're trying to get in before all the rights revert back to Marvel/Disney. It was announced/confirmed last year that a Daredevil reboot was on the way, just like Fantastic Four too, with a script bing penned by David Scarpa (The Last Castle, The Day the Earth Stood Still). Sources close to the project told Variety that the untitled film will not contain material from the Ben Affleck's 2003 movie based on the blind superhero.

Now this is the project that I feel like Slade has been waiting to direct since his career began. When he ended up attached to the Twilight movie, I had no clue what he was doing besides making money, and with twitter comments that got him in trouble, it was obvious that's not really where he wanted to be. But taking on a big comic book franchise for a major studio? Now that's where I think Slade currently belongs, showcasing his style and making a darker film where half the cast isn't shirtless. Slade was also in talks to direct Wolverine for Fox before Darren Aronofsky took over, so it looks like Daredevil is his consolation prize. Thoughts?

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He is a solid director. I liked his first two films a lot. Twilight I don't care but I can understand why he directed it. Every director needs that one hit under his belt to do project(s) that they are interested in. David Slade directed Twilight to get his big hit. Now studios will give him any sci-fi, action, fantasy, comicbook project he wants to do. Also, fox probably thought hey we can market this as "from the director of Twilight: Eclipse" to get some female butts in theatres. I am wondering who is going to helm Fantastic Four reboot for fox. My gut feeling is that no director is all that interested in that property, so we will get someone like Shawn Levy to direct that. I hope I am wrong and that fox gets a decent director for that property.

JoJo on Mar 15, 2011


I'm probably one of the rare cats that liked Ben Affleck's DD.

DwainIBe on Mar 15, 2011


nah dude i was actually gonna make the same cooment, i liked that flick for some reason heh, it was kinda dark, at the same time as having the humerous side with jon favaru (or how ever u spell his name) before he bacame tony starks bitch 😛

dave on Mar 16, 2011


Well, technically, Tony Stark is his bitch, 'cause he's the director. Well... not anymore, but, whatever.

JL on Mar 16, 2011


yeah, i was blatantly talking about the acting role thats why i said 'tony stark' and not 'robert downey jr' but ok!

dave on Mar 16, 2011


No I liked Ben Affleck's Daredevil as well. It had some weak parts in the story and The end fight between Daredevil and Kingpin was somewhat blah. But overall I would have loved to see Affleck carry on in that role.

Last Son on Mar 18, 2011


Ryan Gosling for Daredevil!

Moviekidmike on Mar 15, 2011


This is pretty good news! Slade did good with, "30 Days of Night"! I'm sure he'll do the character justice in so many ways where Mark Steven Johnson failed! Johnson's flick was ok, but it was not the proper interpretation of the source material, that many(including myself) were hoping for! I sure look forward to what he brings to the screen.

Blue Silver on Mar 15, 2011


if michael c hall is not DD i am not seeing this

HG on Mar 16, 2011


Huh? He is the farthest thing from Matt Murdock. :/

equustel on Mar 16, 2011


How do you figure he's the farthest thing from Matt Murdock? I'm also rooting for Michael C Hall as Daredevil, so I'm curious. That said, him not getting cast won't totally exclude me watching the film, but it would help. A "Dark Knight" style with Michael C Hall would be one of the greatest films ever.

Dresden King on Mar 19, 2011


Sweet I actually liked the old one but a new one sounds good to me to, Slade can do this one justice!

Anonymous on Mar 16, 2011


i just think Collin Farrell should be Bullseye again... he was scary good

Said Samayoa on Mar 16, 2011


no twilight 4 me

stfugtfo on Mar 16, 2011


Kinda hope they drop the ball and the rights revert back to Marvel

Trat73 on Mar 16, 2011


i nominate Casey Affleck for Daredevil, just because they'll never give Ben another go at it. Mathew Fox would be a good choice, but Racer X is probably WAY too similar to Daredevil (costume wise at least)

Anonymous on Mar 16, 2011


Michael C. Hall, please.

Anonymous on Mar 16, 2011


I liked the uncut Dare Devil. Story flowed better and you actually get to see Affleck (DD) be the great Lawyer he's supposed to be. It was niiiicccce 🙂

Judasbarron1 on Mar 16, 2011


He is a decemt choice for it. Make it more gritty and film noir like me thinks!

Ryderup on Mar 16, 2011


not needed

Anonymous on Mar 16, 2011


Good,this character needs a reboot,I liked the original too minus the rubbish Electra character segment which belonged in a differant film.Hopefully we will get a new badguy. Slade did a great job with Hard Candy.Like Ryderup above I think gritty and Film noir is the way to go,and Gosling would be great as Daredevil.

tir na nog on Mar 16, 2011


I agree exept for one thing, gosling shouldnt do it, I mean we all know he would make a great daredevil, but Im just holding out hope that gosling will be the next Batman, how fucking brilliant would that be? It'd blow my mind.

Dandoo on Mar 16, 2011


Am I the only noticing that Fox has gotten worse with each comic book film it's done? Fox Studios, if you're reading this, either get it together or let Marvel have their characters back, but stop making bad comic book movies just so you can make a dollar.

Josh on Mar 16, 2011


Would love that too - Fox have been sneakily developing this & Fan4 reboots for ages just so they can keep the rights.

Sumit on Mar 16, 2011


Funnily enough, after GBG and The Town, my pick woudl have been Ben Affleck, He could bring to life the hard bitten crime noir that defined Miller / Bendis' best work. As for casting a younger Matthew Fox woudl be my choice.

Sumit on Mar 16, 2011


Oh good, the writer of "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and the director of "Twilight" is gonna "fix" the film franchise based on my favorite comic book character.* *written with sarcasm switch in the "ON" position.

Bart on Mar 16, 2011


Also... hey David Scarpa, just adapt Smith's "Guardian Devil" story arc. There is very little chance of you writing a better story anyway, so just do that.

Bart on Mar 16, 2011


According to Hollywood Reporter, they're actually adapting the "Born Again" storyline, which is worlds better than "Guardian Devil" IMO.

equustel on Mar 16, 2011


I know it was a Twilight movie, but it was the best one of the series thus far.

Lamar on Mar 16, 2011


Slade also directed Hard Candy and 30 Days of Night, two very good films, so it's not like he couldn't do a good job with this.

Zebradune on Mar 17, 2011


I would like to see another Daredevil movie.

T1j9Zp03T on Mar 16, 2011


If not Affleck, than how about his buddy Matt Damon? You know he can kick ass fro the Bourne films.

Jasonmd2020 on Mar 16, 2011


I also liked the old DD, most especially the uncut version. I love the action & soundtrack & cinematography/costume, and I think Affleck was a great choice for Matt. The weakness for me was unconvincing (or utterly poor) cgi, especially the church battle. Glad to see Slade as new director. Should be interesting how he brings ol' hornhead to the big screen. I too wish the character (along w/X-Men & FF) would revert back to Marvel/Disney. Or perhaps Fox would team up its characters with Disney (much as studios did for TITANIC). Meanwhile, we hope for great films of our favourite characters. Sean, London

SpitfireOverThames on Mar 16, 2011


I really liked the Director´s Cut of the previous DD, but they need to learn from the past and go even darker with this character.

Desraider on Mar 16, 2011


After hearding Affleck say he was humiliated in that movie, I have to say anyone could easily do a better job as DD

Anonymous on Mar 16, 2011


Michael C. Hall

silver on Mar 22, 2011

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